Missing Persons in National Parks

Vanessa Nason filed this request with the National Park Service of the United States of America.
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From: Vanessa Nason

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

–A list of people that have been reporting missing in National Parks. Please include whether they have been found, and if they were registered to NamUs, the national missing persons database. Please limit my request to Jan. 1, 2000 to the date this request is processed.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Vanessa Nason

From: National Park Service

Ms. Nason,

Your request has been received and has been assigned tracking number
NPS-2018-00465. All future correspondence relating to this request should
reference this tracking number. I am writing to advise you that the
National Park Service does not maintain a document or list that contains
all the information you have requested for the entire time period you have
specified. Further under the Freedom of Information Act we are not
required to create a record or conduct research in order to respond to a
request.

However, if you would like we can provide a list of missing person
incidents since January 2013, when we began using the Incident Management
and Reporting System (IMARS). That list would show an incident number, a
date, a park location, a short narrative summary of the incident and the
status of the case.

Additionally, information that we have released in response to several
previous FOIA requests for records relating to specific missing person
cases or for specific park information can be found at:
https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/foia/foia-frd.htm. In addition, our
Investigative Services Branch (ISB) has posted information
<https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1563/cold-cases.htm>about cold cases that are
being investigated by their offices and some of those entries relate to
unsolved missing person cases.

In accordance with 43 CFR 2.5 if we do not hear from you within 20
workdays, we will presume you are no longer interested in this matter and
will close the file on your request. Please do not hesitate to contact me,
both as the NPS FOIA Liaison and the person who processed your
request, with any further questions or concerns. I can be reached at the
address above or by phone at 303-969-2959. I can also be reached via
e-mail at charis_wilson@nps.gov.

Sincerely,

C.

____________________

Ms. Charis Wilson, PhD, CRM
NPS FOIA Officer
12795 W. Alameda Parkway
PO Box 25287
Denver, CO 80225-0287
303-969-2959
Fax: 303-969-2557
1-855-NPS-FOIA
npsfoia@nps.gov <charis_wilson@nps.gov>

From: Vanessa Nason

Hi,

Please send the list of missing persons incidents from January 2013. Thank you!

-Vanessa

From: National Park Service

Ms. Nason,

Attached, please find our response to the FOIA request shown below.

Sincerely,

C.

____________________

Ms. Charis Wilson, PhD, CRM
NPS FOIA Officer
12795 W. Alameda Parkway
PO Box 25287
Denver, CO 80225-0287
303-969-2959
Fax: 303-969-2557
1-855-NPS-FOIA
npsfoia@nps.gov <charis_wilson@nps.gov>

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